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Phase IV study shows improved DME outcomes with fluocinolone acetonide implantThe fluocinolone acetonide 0.2 mcg/day implant (Iluvien, Alimera Sciences) offers an additional option for treating diabetic macular edema that reduces the need for subsequent therapy with anti-vascular endothelial growth factor or steroid treatment.
Antibiotic resistance in acne: Avoid monotherapyA recent review supports AAD and EADV calls to limit antibiotic use in acne, and to further study the issue of antimicrobial resistance.
Isotretinoin requires caution in acne fulminansExpert panel offers guidelines for diagnosing and treating acne fulminans and its variants.
Chinese study of dienogest for endometriosis in teensResults of a Chinese study of the progestin dienogest build on data from a multicenter European study of the progestin in teens with endometriosis.
Routine use of corticosteroids for atopic dermatitis discouraged by IECThe International Eczema Council (IEC) is recommending that the routine use of systemic corticosteroids for atopic dermatitis be discouraged and instead, it should be reserved for special circumstances.
Are you ready for MACRA?  Scorecards can help
Are you ready for MACRA? Scorecards can helpWith Congress attempting to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and with the president issuing executive actions to roll back portions of the ACA, some in the medical community have been wondering whether the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) also faces an uncertain future.
Revised melanoma staging criteriaStaging system is derived from a new dataset of patients from 10 cancer centers around the world. Dermatologists should consider AJCC tumor characteristics as well as other factors in risk assessment, counseling, and follow-up plans for patients. Update takes effect in January 2018.
A call for physicians to denounce third parties once and for allI appeal to my fellow physicians, let us denounce with a single voice practices by third parties.
Common terms in skincare marketing: Hypoallergenic fragranceHypoallergenic fragrance is a term that may actually have some dermatologic relevance. Since the term literally means reduced allergy, not the absence of allergy, it can be used loosely.
How generic cyclosporine might affect optometry
How generic cyclosporine might affect optometryI foresee every dry eye script I write to be “changed” to generic cyclosporine. This means optometrists will be straddled with more burdensome prior authorizations and delays for the patients.